'Too old' Lee Kyou-hyuk quits speed skating at 35
South Korea's Lee Kyou-Hyuk competes in the Men's Speed Skating 1000m at the Adler Arena during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 12, 2014 - by Damien Meyer
"I want a calm and quiet life, no fighting, no wars. But still, I will be training for myself. This morning when I was having a shower, I looked in the mirror and discovered that my body is getting older," Lee said.
"It is my last competition because I don't have the self-confidence any more to get good results in racing."
Lee won four world sprint championships -- 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 -- and won the 500m world title in 2011.
He started his Olympic career at Lillehammer in 1994 and participated in every Olympic Winter Games since.
Lee never won an Olympic medal with his best result a fourth place in the 1000m at Vancouver in 2010.
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